Nobuhiro Saito (who goes by Nobu) has been an absolute joy to have in the classroom as he has brought his hard-working, easy-going attitude from his home country of Japan to the sunny climate of San Diego. Despite English not being his first language, he has impressively managed an intense and challenging academic workload that encompasses a rigorous business curriculum. Additionally, he has generously given his time throughout the school year volunteering for the San Diego Padres helping out at various games as he continues to pursue a career in baseball. Having just returned from the Dominican Republic in which the class got to tour both the San Diego Padres and New York Mets state of the art baseball academies, Nobu continues to absorb all the information he can while he prepares for a career in baseball after San Diego State. Well done Nobu!!
Hometown: Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
Undergraduate Degree: Sociology at Keio University
Favorite Sports Teams: Tohoku Rakuten Eagles, Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Red Sox
Favorite Sport(s) to Play: Baseball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Snowboarding
Favorite Sports Movie: The Blind Side, Invictus
What made you choose SDSU’s Sports MBA program?
The program combines a MBA and sports management, has a partnership with the San Diego Padres, and has many networks with various sports organizations as well as alumni working for sports related corporations. Additionally, the trip to the Dominican Republic attracted me considerably.
What has been your most memorable experience so far in the SMBA program?
Fieldwork in the Dominican Republic was the most precious experience. Interacting with kids, learning about baseball operations, and understanding environmental development in the country inspires me to help them improve their lives. Additionally, visiting not only MLB academies but also a Japanese baseball academy (Hiroshima Toyo Carp) gave me a better understanding of the international difference in terms of operating baseball organizations in developing areas. By touring baseball academies and communities throughout the country, I have learned how to help them from both educational and financial standpoints.
What do you hope to achieve while you’re a student in this program personally?
I hope to learn how to help people who live in developing countries or other poor areas enjoy sports and provide them more opportunities to directly watch or host a sporting event by overcoming financial issues. Ideally, I would like to pursue this goal through baseball operations.
So far, what is your favorite class, and why?
I have been becoming more interested in Statistics thanks to the enthusiastic teaching style of Dr. Lackritz. It was the first time I had been taught Statistics, which was challenging, however, I think it can be effectively applicable to business fields in terms of predicting sales and trends.
What are you looking forward to All Star week in San Diego?
I am going to volunteer with the All Star Youth Classic events. I will be interacting with young boys, which should be a fun time.